What better way to celebrate a successful first week back at school… than with a trip to the splash park?! Here in South Florida, we are lucky to have lots of little splash pads and water parks, and most of them stay open through September.
Saturday we went to the Coconut Cove Waterpark in Boca Raton. It was the first time we had been to this particular water park, and it was great!
Now you don’t need me to tell you how to have fun at a water park, but there are a few tips and tricks that will make your day easier.
Don’t bring a cooler. Most places will not let you bring in your own food and drinks, so check beforehand. If you bring a cooler, or one of those insulated lunch coolers, they will stop you right away. However, we have a insulated backpack, and no one ever questions that. We use it to bring milk for the baby, and to sneak in some fruit and nuts as a snack. I know, I am such a rebel.
Bring sanitizer wipes. Public restrooms. Wet children everywhere. It’s just gross. So if you MUST use the restrooms… you will need these. Trust me.
Have a plan. If your kids are far apart in age, like mine, you should have some sort of plan with your spouse before you go, so you don’t ruin the afternoon by yelling at each other. For example, my husband and I will take turns playing with the baby in the shallow areas, while the other one can go off to do things with our older son. (like the slides or ropes course, etc.)
Avoid Bracelet Drama. If you have little ones, just put the admission bracelet around their ankle. Mila ripped hers off her wrist in 30 seconds.
Meet up with friends. If you know you are going to one of these places, call your friends. Make it a play date. It is more fun for the kids, and for you as well. We met up with a bunch of family members, so the kids had plenty of cousins to play with.
SouthFlorida.com has a great list of all the water parks in South Florida, check it out and have fun!
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